FY 2015/2016 Low-Income Energy Programs
Federal| State/Local | Utility | Charitable


LIHEAP Contact:
Public Inquiries: 1-877-411-9276

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
Find your local agency

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts

LIHEAP FY 2016 Funding

$148,883,228 (Initial CR Release)

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
150% Federal Poverty Level

LIHEAP FY 2016 Benefit
Heating: $100 minimum, $758 maximum
Crisis: $750 maximum

LIHEAP Households Served in FY 2014
Heating: 264,080
Cooling: 56,807
Winter/Year-round Crisis: 50,898
Summer Crisis: 0

LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: October 1 – May 31
Crisis: October 1 - May 31
Weatherization: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016


Low-Income Rate Assistance and Energy Efficiency

Effective 1998, the Supplemental Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (SLEAF) was authorized through electric utility restructuring legislation. The law directed gas and electric utilities to assess a monthly surcharge from customers and deposit it into a state fund, which the General Assembly appropriates yearly to the state Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, the LIHEAP and weatherization grantee. Annually, about 80 percent of the fund, $65 million, goes for low-income bill payment assistance, and 10 percent, about $7.6 million, supplements the state’s weatherization program. LIHEAP makes payments from the fund directly to utilities. SLEAF funds may be used only for assistance to low-income customers of the utilities that assess the surcharge.

City Of Chicago
Emergency Housing Assistance Program
Emergency repair grants are available to qualified low-income homeowners. This may include repair or replacement of heating units, emergency roof repairs and other energy saving conservation activities. Applications are taken at the City of Chicago Department of Housing, 33 North LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60602. You may also call 311 for more information.


Low-Income Rate Assistance


CARE Programs

Nicor Gas

Northshore Gas

Peoples Gas

Springfield City Water Light & Power
Senior Citizen Discount Rate
A 10% discount for customers 62 years of age or older with a total household income no greater than 275% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a printed application and more information view the website listed below.

Low-Income Energy Efficiency

Warm Neighbors Cool Friends
Provides bill weatherization assistance for qualifying customers — the program is designed to help those who generally do not qualify for federal or state heating assistance. The program targets low- to moderate-income families and senior citizens at 200-300% of poverty. The home weatherization program typically includes basic energy-efficiency measures, such as insulation, air sealing, caulking and weather-stripping. These measures vary depending on local community initiatives. A statewide network of social service agencies and community organizations determine applicant eligibility. Find an agency near you or call 1-888-690-5700.

Peoples Gas
Upkeep and Repair Services Program
This program provides free minor home repairs to eligible seniors. Participants must be at least 60 years of age and live south of North Avenue in Chicago. Types of repairs include: light plumbing, replacing faulty light fixtures or switches, repairing or maintaining weather stripping and caulking, installing handicap access grab bars and railings, and other similar repairs. Contact Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) at 773-921-3200. H.O.M.E. repair staff will visit the person's home to determine if the requested repair can be completed by the agency.

Emergency Charitable Assistance

Please note these charitable funds are last resort emergency funds with limited resources and limited times of operation.


Atmos Energy
Sharing the Warmth
Customer donations combine with company donations to help people pay their gas bills. All donations go directly to local people in need that meet criteria established by each individual program's guidelines.
Bond, Clinton, Marion, Washington counties: contact BCMW, 618-532-7388
Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby counties contact:
C.E.F.S., 217-342-2193 x143
Illinois Valley Economic Dev. Corp, 217-839-4431
Shawnee Development Council, 618-524-2941
Wabash Area Development Inc, 618-252-2680

Mid-American Energy Company
I CARE assists those who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes or experiencing a family crisis by helping pay their heating bills or making their homes more energy efficient. To qualify, customers must also meet their state's LIHEAP guidelines.

Nicor Gas
Sharing Program
Provides one-time annual grants to qualified residential customers. Administered by the Salvation Army, the Sharing Program funded by direct contributions from Nicor Gas' customers and employees. To receive a Sharing grant, you must meet income guidelines and apply in person at your local Salvation Army office.

Northshore Gas
Share the Warmth
Administered for North Shore Gas by the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), Share the Warmth provides heating grants to limited and fixed-income households. Eligible customers who make a payment toward their bills receive matching grants of up to $200. To apply for assistance call the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) at 800-571-2332 or visit one of the CEDA locations.

Peoples Gas
Share the Warmth
Administered for Peoples Gas by the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), Share the Warmth provides heating grants to limited and fixed-income households. Eligible customers who make a payment toward their bills receive matching grants of up to $200. Call CEDA at 800-571-2332 or visit one of the CEDA locations.

Springfield City Water Light and Power
To qualify, a customer must have a delinquent CWLP bill, be able to pay a portion of it, have a total household income for the previous 90 days of no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have exhausted all other resources, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program starts on or around December 1 of each year and runs through May or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.
To apply, call 789-2414 or visit

Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative
Grants are available for individuals in need and for 501(c)3 organizations. The purpose of the program is to meet a critical need that is currently not being met by any other means. Grants are limited to $2,500 for individuals and funded by customer donations. The WORKS grant program is only available to eligible member-customers of Wayne-White Electric Cooperative in southern Illinois, therefore applications from outside their customer area will not be accepted and are not eligible for assistance through the WORKS program.

Page last updated: November 23, 2015